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MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board has issued permission to raise the output of Kudankulam’s second unit, the project’s general contractor ASE said in a news release. In fact, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has obtained permission from the atomic regulator to carry out the reactor’s power start-up.
"The operation to take the reactor to the minimum controlled capacity level is to begin tonight. After that the reactor will be raised to 30% of the nominal capacity," the ASE’s vice-president for South Asia projects, Andrey Lebedev, has said. "The customer expects the second unit of Kudankulam will go on stream August 27-28."
The AERB believes that the unit is safe for commercial operation.
The Kudankulam NPP, being built with Russian assistance, is a major joint Russian-Indian energy industry project in southern India. It has already brought electricity to the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra-Pradesh and the Union Territory of Puducherry.